Michael Jackson suffered a cardiac arrest. And still, that's really all we know for sure. Medical websites continue to speculate on the possible causes. Over at theheart.org, doctors who were interviewed continue to speculate on Jackson's narcotic use, including Demerol, which I wrote about a few days ago. Indeed, a spokesperson for the American College of Cardiology, cardiologist ...

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Michael Jackson's death continues to consume the news cycle. There is currently no clear explanation. Some have speculated that it may be related to the narcotic pain drug, Demerol. According to this report from the UK's The Sun, "An Emergency Room source at UCLA hospital said Jackson aides told medics he had collapsed after an injection of potent Demerol ...

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Michael Jackson is dead at age 50. I've received several e-mails to comment on this story, but there's really too few details to go on. I'm sure more will emerge in the near future. According to news reports, emergency medical services were called to his home in Los Angeles, where he was found in presumed cardiac arrest. CPR ...

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Orac, a general surgeon who blogs at Respectful Insolence, writes the most comprehensive entry I've seen thus far on Apple's Steve Jobs' liver transplant. For those interested in the medicine behind the transplant, go and read his post in its entirety. I'd like to highlight some of the potentially questionable ethics surrounding the case. For one, there is the question why Mr. ...

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Here are the top posts from the past month, based on the number of times they were viewed. 1. Can you really kill a man by gluing his anus shut? 2. What is the most accurate medical show on television? 3. Will diabetes derail Sonia Sotomayor’s chance to become a Supreme Court justice? 4. Is Cheerios really a drug, and why is the FDA targeting the cereal? 5. Is House ...

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The diabetes drug Avandia's fate hangs in the balance tomorrow. It's a much maligned medication, with famed cardiologist Steven Nissen gaining publicity for its possible association with heart attacks. Tomorrow, during the American Diabetes Association annual meeting, the final results of the RECORD study is due to be released. This is a study that was designed to answer the questions surrounding Avandia's cardiovascular safety profile. Interim results had ...

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The military is learning from the dead. In the past five years, every soldier who was killed in Iraq and Afghanistan has been given a CT scan. Why? In the hopes of creating a database of war injuries, which can be used to better equip and treat future soldiers. The effort has already paid dividends. While examining the data, it was noticed that chest tubes used to treat pneumothoraces ...

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With the USPSTF in the midst of updating their recommendations for thyroid cancer screening, this advocacy organization is coming out with some seriously creative ads.

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"Thyroid cancer is growing 7 times faster than breast cancer. Ask your doctor to check your neck. It could save your life."

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Controversy continues to swirl over chest CT scans to screen for lung cancer. MedPage Today reports on a recent study that continues to suggest that it isn't ready for general use yet.  Not surprisingly, CT scans had more false positives than traditional chest x-rays when used to look for pulmonary masses. The probability of a false positive was 21 percent after one scan, and 33 percent after two. This is ...

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Is the media alarming the public by highlighting this exceedingly rare case? As reported by ABC News, a 10-year old girl was diagnosed with invasive secretory carcinoma.  She has a good prognosis, but must undergo a mastectomy and chemotherapy. Some are worrying that the media attention will alarm mothers and young girls, perhaps pushing them to obtain screening tests such as self-breast exams and mammograms.  But the last thing we need ...

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